September 22, 2008

Forgotten Realms D&D 4th Edition Modules Released

ScepterTower.jpgAnd unfortunately it might be not worth your time.

Following the release of the quite nice set of source books for the Forgotten Realms Campaign setting, Wizards of the Coast has now released the first module set in the Forgotten Realms universe. Scepter Tower of Spellgard [Amazon] starts players off on a new adventure designed for a party of level 2 characters; this is not a direct continuation of the first 4th Edition module trilogy of Keep on the Shadowfell, Thunderspire Labyrinth, etc.

While we're excited to start hacking and slashing in the Forgotten Realm campaign setting, Scepter Tower has come under a bit of fire. Like other official adventures, the module packs just about everything you need to run the adventure from the DM's perspective, from room and character descriptions, to maps, to monster encounters, etc. The chief complaint that we've been hearing about Scepter Tower is in the organization - you may find yourself flipping around quite a bit from maps to encounter descriptions, which honestly has been a problem in all 4th Edition module releases up until now. Additionally, Scepter Tower's backstory is a bit lacking, and the module is mainly a series of combat encounters that lack significant installments ont he Role Playing encounter front.

Thankfully we're a big fan of the combat encounters, so this last complaint falls on deaf ears in our group.

Here are the official details on Scepter Tower of Spellgard:

"A Forgotten Realms adventure for 2nd-level characters.

A mysterious presence has taken up residence in one of the towers of Spellgard, and now its dark minions plague the Gray Vale!

Scepter Tower of Spellgard is the first full-length Forgotten Realms adventure published for 4th Edition D&D. When paired with the adventure that appears in the Forgotten Realms Campaign Guide, this adventure provides the Dungeon Master with all he needs to get his campaign started. This stand-alone adventure is designed to take characters from 2nd level to 5th level."

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